by Ernest Easley

There is Hope
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Luke 23.39-43

(Funeral Message)

One week from tomorrow is Easter Sunday. Christians all over the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. I'm here today to tell you that because of the resurrection of Jesus, there is hope!

There is hope in the here in now and there is hope in the hear-after. We see that illustrated on a hill call Calvary and we read about it beginning in Luke 23.33 where we read, "And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left."

Along with two criminals, Jesus was crucified! When we come to Calvary, most of the time we focus on Christ, the One in the middle. But for just a few minutes, I want us to focus on one of the criminals beginning in verse 39 ..

39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." 42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

Here's what these passages tell me:

There is Hope! There is Hope! There is Hope!

There was hope for Tom!

There is hope for you!

There is hope for me!

Now let me give you three bible principles that you can take with you that will give you hope!

(1) God's desire is for everyone to be saved.

We read in 2 Peter 3.9b that God .. "is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." That passage tells me a couple of things: First, God wants you saved. Second, there is no salvation a part from repentance.

That's why Jesus went to the cross to die as our substitute and as a ...

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